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Dec 30, 2012 3:00am PST
with the look at a chance for a deal and what's on the table. >> alison, here in washington, there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday, the president was at work here in the white house but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment insurance that would affect some 2 million americans and increase taxes for the highest income earners. but negotiators can still work out exactly where that tax increase would hit and whether they would halt an increase in the estate tax. in case those discussions break down, the president asked harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the floor of the senate that would raise taxes on households that earn $250,000 or more. now, that's really a democratic proposal and you could expect republicans to block it, so, rather than thinking of that as a stop gap measure, probably think of it as a political measure to shift the responsibility
Dec 29, 2012 3:00am PST
to slheding the pouns and keeping them off. >>> it's saturday, december 29th, good morning, i'm alison koski. >> randi and victor are off today. thank you for starting your day off. >> happy to be here. >> we have to talk about money, your money, specifically, and sadly still not good news. >> and it's about the fiscal cliff. negotiations going on this weekend to try and keep from going off the fiscal cliff. the deadline's now just three days away. president obama's modestly optimistic the top democrat and republican in the senate can work things out. jessica yellin has more on what needs to happen in order to make a deal. >> alison, christy, hi. well, the good news is, things could have been worse. it does seem those of us watching the sidelines as though time is running out. congress does some of its best, at least the speediest work when the nation's back is against the wall. >> reporter: after a rare oval office meeting, the president said he's modestly optimistic a deal can come together, emphasis on modestly. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience
Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm PST
8 in california. we will go to alison burns in the washington d.c. bureau with the latest on the waiting game. alison? >> reporter: claudine, we could get word about more of the cases it will consider this term. now the justices met again behind closed doors to continue talking about a number of challenges to gay marriage laws. among them, california's proposition 8. >> the supporters of prop 8 are hoping they wouldn't review prop 8 and it would take hold legalizing same-sex marriage in california and marriages could begin almost immediately. the court is also considering a number of changele-of challenges. we should tell you no news doesn't mean much. we have to wait until the court releases its next set of orders on monday. if we don't hear anything on monday, then the wait gets a little longer. we have to wait until january. reporting live, from washington d.c., alison burns. ktvu news. >>> well, a radio stunt by a pair of shock jocks took a tragic turn this morning. the nurse revealed confidential information has apparently committed suicide. tara moriarty has more. we
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
'm alison kosik. randi is off today. thanks for starting your morning with us. we begin this hour which may be the worst day of bloodshed syria has suffered in almost 200 days of war. and syria is bracing for more violence today. international efforts to restore peace are continuing, but are they having any success? let's go to cnn's mohammed jamjoom. yesterday was the deadliest day since january of last year. claims of a mass execution coming out. tell me more about it. >> that's right, alison, opposition activists reporting at least 397 people killed yesterday. that's a staggering number, even by the standards in syria where these days routinely we're hearing that well over 100 people a day were killed because of the fighting there. what we're hearing, the reports that are emerging that in hums province that at least 200 people were killed after regime forces retook a city from the rebel free syrian army forces. now, one activist told us that they got some of their information from a captured syrian soldier that told them that many people had been rounded up. that they had been taking to
Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
're seeing at major retailers. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more. >> it's like having a flashback to black friday. the deals, everybody killing each other just to get the deals but if you're a retailer you take a big hit on a day like today because the national retail federation says almost 11% of whole day gifts we got are returns. that adds up to $60 billion and a lot of that happens today. it's a busy day for retailers. if you're returning stuff today that's some good news here, most stores are keeping their return policies the same as last year so the whole process should be more familiar. even better, 10% of retailers say they're loosening their return policies, compares to 5% who loosen their policies last year so that works in shoppers' favor but remember retailers are still trying to get you in to spend money. they're offering big sales as you said, carol, and they know if you come in with a return you're likely to look around and do a little extra shopping on your own so you get rid of the sweater, buy the dress, they got you in the store, carol, so the
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
-- >>> good morning. i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm christi paul. it is 8:00 on the east coast. 5:00 for all you early birds out west, obviously. >> and it's early. >> yes. >>> start with negotiations going on this weekend to try and keep going off the fiscal cliff. the deadline is now just three days away. president obama is modestly optimistic. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin has more on what needs to happen in order to make a deal. >> reporter: alison, christi, hi. the good news is things could have been worse. it doesn't seem to those of us watching from the sidelines as though time is running out, but congress does some of its best or at least its speediest work when the nation's back is against the wall. after a rare oval office meeting with top congressional leaders, the president said he's modestly optimistic a deal can come together. emphasis on "modestly." >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> reporter: both sides left an agreement, at least over their
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
to talk about the impact first, and alison kosik with how investors are reacting this hour. >>> first, another story. the health condition of the nation's top diplomat. this morning secretary of state hillary clinton is waking up now in a new york hospital. she is being treated for a blood clot that formed after her fall and concussion that happened a few weeks ago. want to bring in dr. sanjay gupta, our chief medical correspondent. sanjay, explain this for us because, first of all, when you think about it, she developed this blood clot related to a concussion. you would think maybe the clot formed in the brain, but that's not necessarily the case. >> no, it's not necessarily the case. and i think saying it's related to the concussion, that may be putting that wrong impression possibly in people's minds. there's a really simple reason why, suzanne. she's being treated with blood thinners, or anti-coagulants. if this were a blood clot on top of the brain or around the brain, you wouldn't do that because that could worsen the bleeding and prevent an operation from being performed, if th
Dec 17, 2012 2:00am PST
this elementary school. john? >> as you say, allison, there's so many questions. alison kosik, outside the lanza house here. >>> and the gun control debate is raging in america. president obama says we need more meaningful action to prevent future tragedies. opponents of gun control in congress, maintain that americans have a right to bear arms. but supporters of gun rights question the right to own certain types of guns. >> these are assault weapons. you don't hunt deer with these types of things. i think that's the question that a lot of people have to resolve in their own minds. where should this line get drawn? >> a free people should be an armed people. it ensures against the tyranny of the government, if they know that the biggest army is the american people. >> a number of gun control measures have been introduced in congress over the past few years. but not a single one has made it to the floor for a vote. senator dianne feinstein of california says she plans to introduce a bill next month that places a ban on assault weapons. >> today is the first day students across the country return
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> good morning, i'm carol costello. jobless claims fall to a four-year low. alison kosik joins us from the new york stock exchange to tell us more. >> this winds up being a big improvement for jobless claims number falling 12,000 last week to 350,000, and what that means is that the level now is close to the lowest level since the early part of the recession, so it really shows these layoffs are slowing. something interesting has been happening in the past several weeks. the claims numbers have spiked, and then have slowly been settling down and that was mostly because of superstorm sandy. so today with the level at this more palatable sort of level at 350,000 the big question is will today be just a blip or will this be the beginning of a trend, and that's what you really want to see. you want to see the level of layoffs continuing to at least stay the same and obviously you want to see them come down but at the same time you also want to see hiring happening and that's where that government jobs report that we focus on once a month, that's where that comes into play. we're going to g
Dec 29, 2012 4:00am PST
would be looking like? >> well, alison, let's look back a little bit and first remember how we got here. and, you're right, in 2001, we were worried about the president was worried about the storm clouds on the horizon in terms of the economy. and so we were looking for a fiscal stimulus that might be helpful to the broader economy and therefore you got the first round of bush tax cuts which reduced rates on -- marginal rates across the board. but most importantly brought the top marginal rate from 39.6% to roughly 36%. and what that did was allow top rate taxpayers who are often were individual citizens that run small businesses have the ability to have reduced tax rates and then as a consequence have that stimulus and have more capital to hire and to bring other people into the workforce. and that was the first leg on the stool, the second leg on the stool was the second round of tax cuts in 2003, which were to encourage more savings and, of course, capital gains and dividends tax cuts, which were critical to other components of the economy. so, you know, we're here because those all
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Dec 2, 2012 5:00pm PST
was swept away in sandy and alison's home on staten island was demolished and he lost his home and his restaurant business. we're honored that you made time today. [applause] >> pete and jennifer if i can start with you. pete, you were telling me he a little before and i think it would be good for everyone in america to hear what happened that night. >> around seven o'clock i returned home and filled up the generator. and there was no water on the block at all. and we went to the house, we worked the generator and we just going to leave, i have a wife and two children at home, you know, i wasn't going to try to be a hero here. we filled up the generator started getting it running and wires run to the pumps in the basement and 'cause i wanted my tools dry my biggest concern and we brought the generator up and as i was coming i seen my car moving and i thought, that's strange. and i looked out and looked further and realized it was floating. we attempt today leave the house, but the water was just too strong. we went back to the property. and stayed inside the house. and by 7:30, the wa
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
with the list of best value cars. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange and ready to ride. good morning. >> good morning. >> which car came out on top this year? >> the top spot this year goes to, drum roll, please, drrrr -- there you go, the toyota prius. this is what "consumer reports" found. it divided the lils st of the b value cars by type of vehicle. the prius came out not just on top in the small hatchback category but also as the best value among all 2013 model year cars. to figure out these rankings, the magazine takes into account how much it costs to own one, how the car performs, how reliable it is and "consumer reports" estimates a prius costs 49 cents a mile to own and if you've got kids the camry hybrid, that topped the family sedan category. "consumer reports" says it's not just comfortable and roomy, it also gets 38 miles per gallon and looking for something sexier the lexus rx350 is the best value large or luxury suv and despite the fact it's a little lackluster in how it drives, it did, however, victor, do pretty well in the magazines performance tests. >> some good n
Dec 10, 2012 8:00am PST
and encourage fairness. our alison kosik is live in lansing with the latest. i know they're really bracing for an onslaught of people. specifically by tomorrow. lay out the essentials of the story for me if you would. >> exactly. they are police are bracing for what's to come tomorrow. right now is sort of the quiet before the storm. you know, you see the barricades going up here and there is a pretty good police presence here today in and around the state capital building here in michigan in preparation for who's to come because last week, we got a taste of it. thousands of demonstrators descends upon this building as these votes were coming through on this right to work law. and you know, as we get closer to the final votes, which are expected to happen tomorrow, these demonstrations are expected to grow even more intense. what's going to happen tomorrow is the house and senate inside the building here, each has to pass each other's bill and once that happens, by the way, the votes will start around 10:00 a.m. once that happens and it is expected to pass, that bill will go to governor sn
Dec 17, 2012 11:00am EST
coffins for them. that's a sad reality. >> don, thank you. stand by, if you will. alison kosik has been working on the other side of this story which is the investigation which has to go on as those who morning and plan their burials. those police officers who are now being dispatched to cover the funerals and do security for funerals are also working on the investigation of adam lanza, why he did what he did, how he did what he did. and exactly how it all transpired. still a timeline isn't very clear. alison kosik is live out in front of the lanza home. what are you finding out today? >> first of all, we are standing in front of the lanza home. it is the one behind me here on the hill. it is picturesque when you look at it. it is huge. sitting on a beautiful green lawn. there is a wreath over the front door. this, though is still an active crime scene and the investigation really does continue into what adam lanza was doing in the days and in the weeks and months before this massacre on friday. investigators now have proof that the gunman -- was -- at least one shooting range. they are
Dec 5, 2012 5:00am PST
is digging in his heels. ktvu alison burns reports the president says the wealthiest americans must pay higher taxes. alison. >> reporter: the president is refusing to agree to anything else unless taxes are raised on the wealthiest 2% of americans. in fact, there are some reports this morning that the president isn't even going to hold any other face to face or one on one meetings with republicans until they cave on that demand. john boehner was at the lighting of the if christmas tree last night. republicans are instead offering to close tax loopholes and limit tax deductions that favor the wealthy while extending current tax rates for the middle class. frustration is clearly growing on both sides. >> speaker's proposal right now is is still out of balance. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here sparring back and forth in public. it strikes me as a good time to get serious about the proposals. >> reporter: a very big potential problem for speaker boehner even if he's willing to compromise with president obama, people within his own party are not are already saying they won't be
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
. i'm alison kosik in for randi kaye. it's 8:00. thanks for starting your morning with you. we begin this morning in washington, and the focus is on capitol hill as lawmakers try to work out and vote on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. both houses of congress are meeting in a rather sunday session. the senate convenes aat 1:00 eastern and the house at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellen with the look at the chances for a deal and what's on the table. >> here in washington there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday the president was at work here in the white house, but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment insurance that would affect some 2 million americans, and increase taxes for the highest income earners. negotiators can still work out exactly where that tax increase would hit and whether they would halt an increase in the estate tax. in
Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm EST
abc 7 news at 11:00 with leon harris, alison starling blogger un weather, and timber exports. this is abc 7 news at 11:00, on your side. >> a maryland man is fighting for his life after police say he was shot in the head in aspen hill. at last check, the 21-year-old victim is in grave condition. detectives say the suspect is a anyone with information is asked to call police. >> a vote over jobs led to a racially charged debate. >> councilman marion barry was behind a bill who -- that would help men and women released from prison obtain new jobs. when the measure failed, the fireworks began. >> this all unfolded during a vote today on a couple of different bills that would make it easier for those with criminal backgrounds to get employment, housing, etc. it was the way that the city council voted on marion barry's bill that left him doing. >> how you explain the fact that mr. gramm is the only white member of this council supporting this bill? >> just seconds on the boat on the bill that would help criminals with employment and housing, the discussion turned testy. >> that is
Dec 30, 2012 7:30pm EST
impact does it have on your money? alison deans is with us, senior adviser at varick asset management. nice to see you. happy new year. do you have two plans for 2012, one that includes the fiscal cliff and one that doesn't? how do you prepare for the new year as an investor? >> pretty much. i mean, the outcome, if there is some type of healthy resolution to the fiscal cliff, even if they defer it for a week or two but come up with some healthy resolution, i think it bodes really well for global markets. if we wind up going into fiscal cliff and the world loses any faith in our government to accomplish anything that's helpful or relevant, i think that could impact the markets and it could impact the economy. >> there has to be a long-term impact, though. i mean, let's face it. any deal that they can come up with is an austerity deal. it will involve some form of tax increases, you would think, and some kind of spending cuts on the wealthy. that slows things down. it's not a growth initiative, necessarily. >> it's not a growth initiative, although my sense is most of it will be cutback
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
street reacting? the stock market dipped every day last week. question is, what is next? alison kosik is there for us at the new york stock exchange. alison, business leaders fed up with the lack of progress. but now that they say a deal is in sight, a good thing, how are investors reacting to congress', well, ineffectiveness, let's say. >> exactly. so this is definitely a market day where it is reacting to all these headlines coming out. we saw the market go up a bit when news came out that the president was going to speak and then as he walked out, saw the market jump, talking about the dow, up 100 points, then started talking a little more. then you saw the numbers on the dow fall back more. there is one little sentence he had in there, that kind of spooked investors. he said, we're going to do it in stages. we're going to do this in steps meaning a fiscal cliff deal. the question for the market at this point is how much of a deal will come out of this, will it be a partial going over the cliff, or will it be -- will it be one of the band-aid measures that wall street wasn't hoping
Dec 10, 2012 6:00am PST
that would severely undermine union power. cnn's alison kosik joins us live from lansing, michigan. alison, i know this was a surprise to some in michigan because governor rick snyder did a bit of an about face on this issue. >> reporter: and some are accusing the governor of really pushing this issue through the state house, and clearly they're not happy with it. you can see how unhappy those opposed to this bill are, just looking at the sheer number of demonstrators who came out last week and are expected to come out this week. thousands are expected to come out between today and tomorrow. president of one teachers union who we spoke with put it this way. she said, you know what, never in a million years did i ever think that michigan would ever become a right to work state, that michigan was built on unions, and you know what, she has a point there. unions have really been the backbone for workers in this state, especially when you look at the auto industry. 17.5% of the workers in this state are unionized. it's one of the highest rates in the country. and if this law passes, ted, politica
Dec 10, 2012 11:00am PST
as this measure is getting closer and closer to passage. let me go to lansing, to alison kosik there, and just, alison, set the scene for me, how many people have you seen out there and i imagine quite a police presence as well. >> there is beginning to be a police presence, but consider this more of the calm before the storm. you just showed the demonstrations from last week, if that's any indication, yes, police have been getting ready, they're getting their barricades ready. we have seen them out today. i walked inside the capital, saw a lot of police inside because what is expected tomorrow, thousands are expected to descend upon the michigan state capital, expected to march down this street, all the way up to the state -- the city hall here for lansing. these roads are expected to be closed and you'll see thousands of blanketing the street, right up until the first vote, 10:00 a.m., the senate takes up the house measure. the house will take up the senate measure. they are expected to pass. once that happens, if that indeed does happen, brooke, it would go to the governor's desk where he's
Dec 3, 2012 7:00am PST
-sex couples hoping to get married here in california. alison burns is in our washington, d.c. newsroom with how the u.s. supreme court is keeping them guessing for a few days. >> reporter: just about 45 minutes ago, the justices released a list of cases they are going to be considering this term and still no mention of same-sex marriages. they are going to talk about it again on friday and rae re-- and -- and release another set of records -- orders. the justices have been asking to review proposition 8. now, san francisco city officials were getting ready to perform weddings as early as tomorrow in case the court decided not to take up the proposition 8. a lower court overturned the law and supporters are hoping the supreme court will let that decision stand. >> we're prepared for the crowd that we had in 2004 and 2008. and again, we will just be open and ready for anyone who wants to come and get married. >> reporter: the justices are considering several challenges to a federal law that limits benefits for same-sex couples. these are very cop plex cases and the justices might want mo
Dec 11, 2012 7:00am PST
but she has a stomach flu. >>> congress is scheduled to break for the holidays this friday. as alison burns reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, both parties have their sticking points. alison? >> reporter: tori, the pressure is on. members of congress are back this morning after a long weekend. and in just about 15 minutes, democrats will be speaking out about the fiscal cliff saying medicaid should not be subject to cuts. in the past 48 hours since president obama and john boehner met face to face, no details on the discussions have -- have been released. the president said he's willing to compromise but maintains his stance on tax increases for the wealthy. >> we ask the wealthiest americans to pay 2%. i won't comhe promice on -- compromise on that >> reporter: and then an official came on tv and said they could save money by making tax cuts to the food stamp program. >>> aig is selling off most of its profit and the government will end up with a profit of $22 billion, to many people's surprise. aig was rescued in 2008 just before it had to file for bankruptcy. now aig execu
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
to the jobs report. alison kosik joins us from the new york stock exchange. good morning, alison. >> good morning, don. the bell rings in about 25 minutes or so. despite the upside surprise with this report, though, there are mixed feelings on really how important this number will be to the market. some analysts are saying this isn't really a number they're going to rely on because it's kind of a noisy ra report. we still need to see the full impact of sandy. also with the election over, there aren't any sort of bigger imt implications for the presidential race. because the numbers are so foggy, the federal reserve isn't likely to look at this number as a real trend maker. the central bank. it's already said it keeps stimulating the economy even after the labor market gets better. we know this isn't likely going to steer the central bank in one direction or another. you flip the coin over, though, you have this people who say this report is very important. it's going to be driving the conversation on the fiscal cliff. we only have 25 days until the tax hikes and spending cuts start to tak
Dec 26, 2012 8:00am PST
? >>> fears of the fiscal cliff are taking some of the holiday cheer right out of wall street. cnn's alison kosik watching the post-christmas trading as well as a threat to the economy that could come even sooner than the cliff? let's start with the stocks, though. >> reporter: yes, stocks, very quiet today, very quiet session. not many investors in the game today. expect that to be the case the rest of the week. the fun tny thing, this is usuay the time we see the santa claus rally. the dow down 46 points. no deal on the if i'm not mistaken. that's spoiling the rally so far. it could be worse, though. we've seen much harsher reaction to all the congressional shenanigans in the past that could be a sign the economy is in better shape this time around. the s&p 500 is still on track for a 13% gain for the year. >>alison, what's the container cliff? >> reporter: the container cliff could be serious stuff. it could be a major threat to the economy. but it's also something that can be avoided. this container cliff is the name the national retail federation has given to this situation if workers
Dec 11, 2012 8:00am PST
as well. our alison kosik has been story all morning long and the noise level as well as the number of people seems to be growing. >> reporter: that's right. you know, as the day has progressed, you know, there's well over, i would say, 2,000 people out here. that is short, though, of the 1,000 that was expected. inside the capitol, though, there's a lot going on. for one, the vote. the first vote of two expected to happen in the next ten minutes. at least the process expected to happen. and if you look at what's going on inside, 400 to 500 protesters are inside, some watching the action on the house floor. others standing around the rotunda, chanting, pounding their fists against this right to work bill. once again, outside, as you can see, they're holding signs, asking rick schneider, the governor of michigan, to be recalled. ashleigh? >> and what's the look in terms of timing on all of this? the vote and then what the governor has said he will do, which is sign it as soon as he gets it. >> reporter: exactly. so what is going to happen today is once the process begins in the house
Dec 16, 2012 10:00am PST
to alison kosik who joins me with more on that information. what do you know, alison? >> i'm standing in the neighborhood where adam lanza, the gunman in this massacre, used to live with his mom nancy. we haven't confirmed yet whether or not this crime scene has been shut down. we haven't seen any activity since yesterday afternoon. the focus, though, still seems to be on the school. we are learning new details from the governor of connecticut dan maloy. he was on "state of the union" quit candy crowley this morning and we're getting a better picture, a more devastating picture, of how this gunman made his way into the school, which by the way had security. you had to be buzzed into the school. there were security cameras there as well. you had to be buzzed into the school as of 9:30 in the morning. governor maloy did confirm what our sources have been telling us, that this gunman literally blasted his way into the school. here's how the governor puts it. >> what we know is he shot his way into the building. he wasn't buzzed in. he shot his way in by shooting an entrance into the buil
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
numbers came out. ktvu alison burns reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom more jobs were added in november than the economists predicted. alison. >> reporter: dave, 146,000 jobs were added in november. that is twice as many as economists were expecting as for the unemployment rate it also improved. it's at 7.7% down from 7.9%. that is the lowest unemployment rate in four years. now economists thought the fallout from hurricane sandy would play a big role the labor department says it really didn't effect hiring. as for fiscal cliff fears would keep businesses from around the country from hiring that does not seem to be the case. either more than half of the jobs added last month came in retail and health care. the jobs were lost in construction and manufacturing. we're working now to get reaction from the white house and members of congress and hope to have that for you during my next update. reporting live from washington, d.c. alison burns. >>> time now 6:17. another story about controversial comedian katt williams. he has more legal problems after announcing he has unreported
Dec 24, 2012 6:00am PST
bargains too. alison kosik is in new york. you probably get the best price on things today. >> you would think so. if you ever had any doubts that we're not a nation of procrastinators, think again. 17 million people out in the stores just today. believe it or not, it's not as many as the number of people who hit the stores on black friday weekend. still "consumer reports" put out a survey they conducted september 10th through 17th, and look at what they found. 67% of shoppers, they're not done yet shopping. 14%, they haven't even begun. so today is the first day they're starting their christmas shopping with hours to go. as you said, carol, you're probably going to find a lot of bargains out there for toys, winter clothes, and other items retailers want off their shelves by january. that's not what last-minute shoppers are likely looking for surprisingly. well over half told "consumer reports," they'll just grab a gift card at this point. wine and liquor, they're also popular last-minute shoppers. 27% said they'll give cash. and 4% said, i'll give you an iou. >> come on. >> there are 4%
Dec 9, 2012 11:30am PST
back here next sunday. >>> you're in the cnn news room. i'm alison kosik. let's begin with the latest on that terrible story out of britain, the investigation continues into the apparent suicide of a nurse at the hospital where the duchess of cambridge was being treated. she took a prank phone call from australian radio deejays looking for information on the duchess' condition. today, a letter to the hospital, he called the whole thing quote truly tragic and said we are anxious to review the results of the investigation. the family of the nurse posted about her on facebook her daughter wrote simply i miss you. i love you. >>> the dallas cowboys took the field today without two players. jerry brown jr. was killed early yesterday when the car he was riding in hit a curb at high speed in irving, texas. police say the mercedes went 900 feet, flipped and caught fire. police say cowboys nose tackle was pulling him from the burnt car when they arrived. brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter. >> our officers on scene felt as if alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident, so m
Dec 11, 2012 2:00am PST
money. >> alison kosik is in lancing with the latest for us. if we could take this to the 101 level here. explain right to work. >> it essentially means if this law passes, the right to work law, even it passes here in michigan, it means if you are looking for work in michigan you wouldn't be forced to pay union dues 0 are join a union as a condition to get a job or keep a job. for a state like michigan which was built on unions, it really is a huge sea of change here. and it comes with an element of symbolism as well. especially since unions are so engrained in this state. not only sort of undermine the power of unions in michigan, it could undercut the power and influence of unions even across the country, zoraida. >> how likely is to happen? i know i've been reading that the governor supports it. >> yes. i mean, we're hearing it is likely. first all, what's happening here today at the statehouse in michigan is around 10:00 a.m. the senate and house which have already passed measures last week, they just need to pass each other's measure. so that's all going to begin at 10:00 a.m., fin
Dec 21, 2012 1:40am PST
girls. alison and amelia tucker were able to sit across from each other on santa's lap. they were born joined and separated by doctors in philadelphia last month. and just yesterday, introduced to the public. >> it's been a sheer roller coaster of emotions, but i wouldn't trade it for anything, because we've developed as a couple, as a family, as individuals. >> so now we're six weeks later and these past six weeks have been remarkable. >> doctors expect the girls to have full, independent lives. alison, the smaller but feistier twin, was discharged earlier this week. amelia will need a little more time to recover. >> we need to see more stories like that. >> and the advances in medicine. joined at the chest and abdomen. and now they're separated, going to live full lives. that's incredible. >> doctors earn their paychecks. nothing but respect. >>> still to come, it might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the busiest. especially for the big guy at the north pole. >> but santa has nothing to worry about, because i am on the job. next up, i take a job as an elf. oh, y
Dec 18, 2012 1:00pm PST
in the parking lot. inside the mall, a complete lockdown. alison posted on facebook as it was going on. there's ban shooting at fashion island, sam davis and friends are locked in the dressing room. if you know anything, please post it. we are in the dark. we spoke to alisso via skype to see what the situation was inside. >> everyone was running as fast as they could through the mall. people were falling over each other. crying. first 10, 15 minutes, no idea what was going on. iowa nowhere near harm's way, at the same time, not knowing what to do, where to go or what the safest place is, it was very -- i was very shashg ken. soon as the vinyl doors were lifted at nordstrom, everyone flew out there. so anxious to get out of there and go home. [ gunfire ] >>> and cheetahs live at the cleveland zoo. zookeepers say for a cheetah to get up to full speed, that need about 600 feet. they don't have that at the zoo. the people at the houston racetrack said, hey, don't have horses here right now. bring them on down and let them rung free, and they did. they tied a stuffed rabbit to a little machine. br
Dec 4, 2012 7:00am PST
go over the fiscal cliff? new numbers are out and alison burns joins us live with more. >> reporter: a few research polls out show more americans would blame republicans over the white house. this poll shows that 53% of americans say if we go over the fiscal cliff, more blame would fall on republicans in congress. 27% believe the finger would be pointing at president obama. now, the president vowed during his re-election campaign that we would not reach that point but we're -- but we're certainly getting closer. we just learned the president is rejecting the latest counteroffer from republicans. democrats believe they can force republicans to vote on tax increases. house minority leader, nancy pelosi, could be filing the necessary paperwork in a couple of hours. reporting live from washington, d.c., alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:15. right now, president obama is meeting with a bipartisan group of governors at the white house. reportedly, the governor has requested the meeting with the president. they want to urge president obama to work with congress on a solution to the
Dec 5, 2012 4:30am PST
a little enhancement taking place. rain moving over toward vallejo. alison just tweeted me and said rain here. hercules and pinole getting rain right now. but again most of the rain so far has been drizzle. our cloud and rain forecast shows this is sliding over us by 8:00 most of this is heading toward the peninsula over toward fremont and hanging out from fremont and livermore. i'm sure the sunol grade will get its fair share. by noon a lot of this is sliding south. and painting east bay and south bay and peninsula. by this afternoon most of this is gone. there is an awful lot of fog forming. this is the last system in the series. night and morning fog will take us into saturday. 50s and 60s on the temps. just really mild. livermore 63 degrees. little southeast wind. cloud cover responsible for that. this is mid pacific systems. they hold a little more. cloudy, rain. some could be light. some could be a little heavier. it will be a gray day with off and on rain. decreasing from north to south. 60s on the temps. really, really very mild air mass. a lot of moisture in the air. rain ends t
Dec 5, 2012 7:00am PST
the wealthiest americans must way higher taxes. alison? >> reporter: that's. house democrats are echoing the president's demand in the past half-hour. nancy pelosi renewed her call for an immediate house vote on a bill that would extend current tax rates or the -- for the middle school and increase tax increases for the wealthiest, 2% of the americans. >> if the republicans agree to bringing up the middle income tax cut, which i hope they will, that will be a victory for the american people. that's why we're here. and the cliff, which is becoming more of a slope, if they do that. >> reporter: john boehner met with house republicans. he's about to hold a news conference. he will be speaking in a few minutes. he's facing a potential revolt within his party if he caves to the pressure from the president and lets the tax rates go up. president obama is meeting with business leaders about all of this right now and we expect to hear with him -- from him within the hour. alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:16. florida republican senator marco rubio said republicans should take a strong sta
Dec 6, 2012 7:00am PST
. >>> allison turns reports, hundreds of thousands of california jobs could be lost. alison? >> reporter: and dave, the defense industry projects about 135,000 jobs would be lost in california over the next few years if those tax increases and massive spending cuts kick in at the end of this month. if there's no deal on those, the pentagon was initially told not to plan for the cuts. that's all changed. in the last 24 hours, the pentagon leaders say they are preparing to slice about 10% of the budget. if we go over the fiscal cliff experts predict one in five defense contracts in california could be -- would be lost. both parties say there's still time to reach a deal and avoid those major losses. >> nobody wants to get this done more than me. >> our goal is to make sure this gets resolved. and i'm available any moment to sit down with the president to solve this. >> reporter: and leon panetta will speak to reporters from the pentagon in about an hour ago. alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 81-year-old former senator allen simpson wants young people to get involved in reducing the na
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am PST
on -- >> best of "rtm." >>> fun top see our favorite actors and people out of their element. here is alison from the nbc hit show "community." they're out on a bike route in hollywood and they are up on the stage and about to freestyle with danny dropping a beat. >> i want everyone to know this is -- and you're welcome. >> also makes it clear, she's not prepared anything and this was completely sprung on her. >> you don't know whether she's going to kill it or -- ♪ i say one thing young street danny dropping a beat ♪ ♪ it's on friday and i'm like, hey, what's tonight ♪ ♪ at the viper room, i already said that i know because i'm you ♪ ♪ and i don't need to prove because it's already all right when it's me ♪ ♪ and i know you're down with the community people yes ♪ >> you got to say, a pretty mean beat box. when the band chimes in with their instruments, starts to sound pretty good. she's not from 8 mile. >> i think she's killing it. ♪ girls, i'm faking it, making it rhyme again and again ♪ i got to keep going because i don't have time ♪ >> we searched youtube, got a lot o
Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
survey. alison kosik joins me now from the new york stock exchange where it's a shortened trading day. stock market closes at 1:00 eastern. >> exactly. stocks are trending lower because of the fiscal cliff negotiations. the dow is down 41 points. this follows the loss on friday. the way wall street sees it, unless there's a deal reached, this could be the trend for stocks in the short-term. even if there's a band-aid measure thrown together, wall street may see that more of a positive. it looks pretty bleak as far as the fiscal cliff goes. >> let's get back to gas prices. you would think a 93 million people traveling more than 50 miles for the holiday season that gas prices would go up. but they have consecutively gone down. what's the reason behind this and will it last? >> there are a few reasons. it's winter and the peak drive ing season is over. it's all about the law of supply and demand. supply is up so demand goes down. you see gas prices moving lower. but also because demand for gas is down because of the fiscal cliff. the big worries about the fiscal cliff and how that's goin
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
if they don't own a toyota anymore. alison kosik has more. tell us about how this deal is going to pay out people who currently own toyotas and those who sold them. >> there are three parts to this. this is turning out to be one of the biggest lawsuits of its kind. it reinvolves around the sticky pedal issue. that's where some drivers said they experienced unintended acceleration. their gas pedals got stuck in floor mats. this settlement is going to cover about 16 million vehicles for 1998 to 2010 models. once a judge approves the settlement, current owners of the cars will get a brake override system installed as well as a customer care plan with a ten-year warranty on parts tied to the acceleration. another part will compensation current owners whose cars are not eligible for the system and a third and separate fund will go to all the former toyota owners who sold their cars but for reduced prices because of all the negative publicity surrounding these events. the settlement does not cover personal injury claims, but it comes as they try to move past the recent safety crisis. they have r
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
homeowners from paying thousands of dollars to the irs. that's set to expire. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange to explain this. so what is this all about? >> first of all, this would affect anyone who foreclosures on their home or who sells their home as what's known as a short sale. that's when you sell your home at a loss but avoid foreclosure. this could involve up to a million people. this is about a law put in place in 2007 called the mortgage forgiveness debt relief act. let's say you sell your house for $100,000 but your mortgage is $150,000. you normally have to pay taxes on the remaining $50,000. this law excuses homeowners from paying that tax. this law is expiring in a few days as part of the fiscal cliff. if congress does nothing, homeowners selling at a loss will have a big tax bill to deal with. it could be in the tens of thousands of dollars. it it comes at a time when they can least afford it. >> how are the markets doing today with all the news about the fiscal cliff and going over it being a possibility? >> markets are selling off just a bit. the dow is down 75
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
hit us here at home. >> thanks for that. alison kosik, happy new year to you. >> same to you. thank you. >>> i'm joe johns. thanks for joining us today. cnn newsroom continues right now with christine romans. >> hello, everyone. welcome to our viewers around the world. and happy new year. today is the day to celebrate. but it's also a day to worry. it's the last day of the year. the last day to avert the fiscal cliff before americans plunge head long into smaller paychecks. the u.s. snalt gets back to work right about now. the house has been in session for about an hour now. senate leaders are the ones trying to hammer out a deal picking tax break ceilings, trying to lessen the impact of spending cuts. there are still major obstacles to pass. but this morning we're hearing that progress is being made. we'll have more on that and the fiscal cliff negotiations in a minute. >>> first, i want to show you the rest of the world is ringing in the new year. midnight arrived in asia. they are calling it a pyre tech nick musical. they were scheduled to begin an hour before midnight. hong kong
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